Finding the Balance in Being a Woman in Tech
I always wanted to work in computer science. When I graduated about 15 years ago, it was clear that programming was a good area to get into, as there was so much growth going on. But there were not many women in the tech field at the time—perhaps in testing, but not in software development. And back when I was studying computer software engineering at a university in my hometown of Hyderabad, India, I was one of the few women pursuing that career path.
There has been significant progress in the tech industry ever since, and I am pleased to see more women going into all areas of tech operation in recent years. Personally, I found few obstacles in pursuing my own ambition of building a career in software development, working in several such roles before taking on my job at SHL in 2012. But I still have faced some of the classic dilemmas women encounter in their working lives, in particular the challenge of balancing work with having children.